The oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel by Mal'achi.
"I have loved you," says the LORD. But you say, "How hast thou loved us?" "Is not Esau Jacob's brother?" says the LORD. "Yet I have loved Jacob
but I have hated Esau; I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert."
If Edom says, "We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins," the LORD of hosts says, "They may build, but I will tear down, till they are called the wicked country, the people with whom the LORD is angry for ever."
Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, "Great is the LORD, beyond the border of Israel!"
"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. You say, 'How have we despised thy name?'
By offering polluted food upon my altar. And you say, 'How have we polluted it?' By thinking that the LORD's table may be despised.
When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that no evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that no evil? Present that to your governor; will he be pleased with you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts.